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#HijaAko: Frankie Pangilinan embraces Ben Tulfo’s tag as call to fight sexual abuse

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Instead of being cowed into silence, the daughter of Senator Francis Pangilinan stood up to broadcaster Ben Tulfo after he insisted that women should dress modestly to avoid getting raped.

Frankie Pangilinan responded to Tulfo on Twitter after he told women to be careful in dressing up as they could be “inviting the beast.”

“Rape culture is real and a product of this precise line of thinking, where the behavior is normalized, particularly by men. – the way anyone dresses should not be deemed as ‘opportunity’ to sexually assault them. ever. – calling me hija will not belittle my point,” she tweeted.

In subsequent tweets, Pangilinan used the hashtag, #HijaAko to condemn shaming of rape victims and urge her followers to do the same. She also changed her Twitter name to “hija.”

Some of her tweets read:

– threatening to r*pe me or hoping i’m r*ped in order to somehow justify that victims are to blame — that’s the real brain cell gap right there lmaooo #HijaAko

– been scrolling through #HijaAko for a while and i’m in genuine tears. you’re all so brave and strong and there aren’t words for how deeply i love you.

– before the day ends, i want to reiterate just how proud i am of everyone. let’s continue to uplift and support one another as we take back the word/s which are used to patronize us in positions of vulnerability. you’re all so damn strong it’s beyond inspiring. ilysm. #HijaAko

– take the time to read our stories. learn about our shared pain. find comfort in the strength of others. i hope we can all be a little braver and a lot less tolerant of this toxicity. #StopVictimShaming #HijaAko

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